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January 2, 2013

Virginia Larson

—   On the morning of her 96th birthday, Virginia Larson suffered a stroke.  Until that moment, she had been living independently in her own apartment.  She cooked, cleaned, did laundry, kept precise bookkeeping records, and doted on Maggie the cat.  She stated often that she knew how blessed she was.

  Virginia was born on December 15, 1916, to Arch and Margaret Roberts.  After the death of her mother, she was eventually raised by her sister and brother-in-law, Verna and Arch Jones.  She told wonderful stories of the Butternut dances, and the socializing among the farm families.  She married LeRoy Larson on June 3, 1939, and they made their home in Lake Crystal.  Mom worked in Tommy Owens grocery store, and then as a telephone operator until the days of dial phones.  Dad and Mom ran the Lake Crystal Implement for years.  Mom remained in the family home for many years after her husband's death but eventually decided to move closer to her daughter, Susan, in Monticello.  Virginia died peacefully on Saturday, December 29, 2012.

   Virginia Larson is survived by her daughter, Susan Sodeman, and her brother James K. "Bunk" Roberts of Lake Crystal and her beloved nieces and nephews.

  She was predeceased by her parents, her husband, her son-in-law Don Sodeman, her sisters and their spouses Esther (Ed) Mutsch of Madelia, Verna (Arch) Jones of rural Lake Crystal, and her brother Clayton (Harriet) Roberts of Kasota, and her sister-in-law Berneatha Roberts.

  According to her wishes, there will be no visitation or funeral service.  Please celebrate a long life, well and happily lived.

  The Peterson Chapel of Buffalo, MN, assisted the family.  On-line condolences can be made at


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